Alex Payler is one of Europe's foremost YAMAHA Electone Performers. A true Pioneer
at his craft he amazes audiences all over the United Kingdom with his sheer talent
and musical imagination. Alex discovered his gift of music at nearly 7 years old
when he had the opportunity to play his school teacher's piano that was at the back
of the classroom. To her amazement he began to work out various melodies 'by ear'
without any assistance. After showing such early promise, Alex's parents were recommended
to pursue private music lessons as soon as possible. As a result, over the next 8
years, Alex developed his technical skills under the careful guidance of Ex Royal
Marine Martin Orbidans and then the late great Organist of Minster Abbey - Michael
Finden (LMus, LCM, LLCM) - including studying all the necessary musical qualifications,
achieving Grade 8 standard by the age of 14 and 'Diploma' level by 16. Music soon
became Alex's biggest motivation in life and this drive was perhaps one of the defining
factors that helped him win the title of 'National Keyboard Player Of The Year' back
in 1997 which helped him take his music from a serious hobby to a full-time professional
And in such a career where experience is everything, even from an early age Alex
realised he must take advantage of every opportunity to further his skills. This
included becoming the Musical Director for two Theatre Company's as well as working
in music retail selling and demonstrating 'on the shop floor'. When not on stage,
Alex is busy passing his valuable skills and knowledge to students of all ages and
abilities whether it be on Electone, Piano or Keyboard in his fully equipped music
room. Although Electone is his 'first' instrument, he has a great love of the Piano
and enjoys both playing and teaching the instrument.
Not content with just this more 'practical' side of music, in early 2008, Alex was
approached by Glyn Madden, Editor of the YAMAHA 'Inter-Active' Magazine, to write
a series of features covering the EL Electone series of instruments. 'EL-X-Plorer'
became an integral part of the magazine and proved to be a huge hit with readers.
Having performed to capacity audiences the length and breadth of the United Kingdom
including such prestigious venues as Minster Abbey and London's Royal Festival Hall
and unlike some of his fellow artists - Alex prides himself on knowing his completely
original concert programme is his own, from every note to every voice and registration
- each piece completely unique created by his own vision and imagination...
Although music is Alex's main focus in life, he still values his other hobbies and
interests such as a passion for Cars and Motorbikes - indeed he currently drives
BMW M-Sport Saloon and up until recently, enjoyed getting out on his Suzuki GSXR-600K1
Super Sports Bike. He also loves to cook, take in a movie or simply socialise with
friends as well as catch a show in London's famous West-End when his busy schedule
Listening to his performance it is remarkable that such a full spectrum of sound
can be created by just one man and one instrument.